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Capture the Magic

Thanks to my friend Sara, this has been floating around the internet in Senior Citizen mail boxes and she thought I’d find the humor, which I will share with you.

Christmas at Rock-Away Rest

Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest,

and all of us seniors were looking our best.

Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry;

Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.

A bed sock was taped to each walker, in hope

That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.

We surely were lucky to be there with friends,

Secure in this residence and in our Depends.

Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts,

Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.

The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,

And from them she’d crafted a holiday wreath.

The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row,

Reflecting our candle’s magnificent glow.

Our supper so festive — the joy wouldn’t stop —

Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,

Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.

The social director then had us play games,

Like “Where Are You Living?” and “What Are Your Names?”

Old Grandfather Looper was feeling his oats,

Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.

Our resident wand’rer was tied to her chair,

In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.

Security lights on the new fallen snow

Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.

Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter

(But we are so deaf that it just didn’t matter).

A strange little fellow flew in through the door,

Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.

Twas just our director, all togged out in red.

He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.

We knew from the way that he strutted and jived

Our social security checks had arrived.

We sang — how we sang — in our monotone croak,

Till the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.

And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.

While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.

And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.

fore long you’ll be with us, We wish you the best!

Be Kind to your children for they will pick your nursing home!

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My Summer Seven: Summer Happenings

I walked out the front door and onto my screened porch and thought I was walking into an oven.  It almost takes your breath away. So my summer was here and I missed it.

Joanna is having a neat blog fest where anyone can post their summer happenings and then read everyone else’s.  She had some very funny happenings.  In fact some of hers sounded sort of like mine.

1.  She mentioned being somewhere with the temp over 100, well not to be out sweated….I have spent the last three weeks, sitting in my car at the edge of a grassy field in a park with no trees within 5 miles, watching and waiting while my 8 yr old grandson learned the fine art of football,  wearing a real helmet and full pads, in 110 degree heat……..the things granny’s do for their grandkids.

2.  I sat hidden in my house under the ac while it has been some 54 days of no rain and over 100 degrees everyday.  Will it ever rain again?  I did have 4 drops today on my windshield until the cloud moved.

3.  There will be a “new Sheriff” in town at my daughters house after the first of October.  My daughter who is getting married (again) and catch this:  to her love when she was in college some 26 years ago.  He has been trying to run into her for those 26 years and finally they landed on the same Facebook page a year ago.  Oh my it’s nerve racking for him to get used to two teenagers and an 8 year old, at his age and never had children of his own!!!!!

4.  Since I am in my “older years” as they say and I have a terrible back and bad leg which causes me to fall flat on my face now and then, I finally gave in to some outdoor exercise.  I got myself a three wheel bicycle so I can ride with my grandson and not fall over and break my hip or something else.  I would really hate to have to be cared for by my newly married daughter and her “true love” …..she would never forgive me.

5.  I have spent an enormous amount of time watering my dead grass and rose bushes, and not achieved anything but a larger water bill.  This heat has killed all the flowers, bushes and grass all over town.  There are a few who still have grass but they are the people with the big bank rolls and can afford underground sprinklers that seem to be on all the time.

Well that’s about all I can think of.  This seems to have been a totally wasted summer having to stay inside.  Or maybe not, grandson will be playing real football this year.

P.S.  be sure and click on the big 7 above and check out Joanna’s summer.

Want to speak to a person?

Are you sick of punching numbers and having to spend much of your valuable time trying to get to a person to answer a question? I heard about this website:
“GetHuman is the ultimate consumer tool with phone numbers, shortcuts, reviews, tips, and more for companies worldwide.
The GetHuman™ movement has been created from the voices of millions of consumers who want to be treated with dignity when they contact a company for customer support.”
Here’s what they do:
• catalog steps to bypass automated (ivr) phone systems to speak directly to a human 
Phone number & shortcut lists for companies
• list email addresses to quickly contact help from companies by email 
Email address listings
• list online help pages and web forms to get customer care via the web 
Help page listings
• list screen names or web pages for companies that offer live customer service chat 
Live chat listings
• find new ways that companies are reaching out to customers, like via Twitter™ 
Twitter™ listings
• establish standards for customer care based on input from customers (not businesses)
• allow users to rate businesses for their customer service
• allow users to discuss customer service experiences
• allow users to share tips on how to contact help and receive better service
So if you try this and it works come back and give us your results in the comment box.

HOW TO READ BAR CODES…(very good to know)

A friend sent this to me and I want to pass it on. Bet not many of you have ever heard this.

I am going to watch those bar codes a LOT more now… I am busy reading the ingredients.. 

Boy.. shopping is a full time job!!! 

With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is  located.
It is important to read the bar code to track it’s origin.
How to read Bar Codes …. interesting!

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.


The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods”.
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or  China ?
If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN  CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan . 
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the 
public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA “, so they don’t show from which country it is made.   However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 … then it is MADE IN  CHINA
00 – 09 …  USA   &  CANADA
30 – 37   FRANCE
40 – 44  GERMANY
471 …  Taiwan
49 … JAPAN
50 …  UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number.
We need every boost we can get!  Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!! 
If the government won’t help us, we MUST help ourselves. 

May I use the remote?



Well I have to talk about something that I saw last week.  My daughter had some surgery in one of the big hospitals in Oklahoma City because there was no one here in our town who had done the procedure very many times like a doctor in the city.  The day of the surgery we were in one of the waiting rooms.  They had two next to the part where my daughter was.  One with a tv and vending machines and another that was a Quiet room for those who wanted to just read or whatever.  We went in and sat in the tv room.  I immediately noticed a stack of blankets and pillows over in the corner.  By stack I mean it was about 3 feet high.  Also along the window ledge were lots of personal things, a laptop, drinks, books, sacks from restaurants, etc.  I did find out the two ladies who were sitting there in the recliners were members of a family who were “living” in the room while some relative was in a room in a comma. That day was day “10” of their stay so far!  I find it hard to believe that the hospital was allowing this.  The room had an odor of too many people in too small a space, and of people who were probably taking a “spit” bath in the restroom sink.  They were from a small town a couple of hundred miles away.  I thought to myself that they surely could have gotten an “extended stay” room in one of the hotels across the street from the hospital.  They cold have bunked in together and split the cost and would have been able to bathe, eat and rest there and take turns waiting in the hospital.  They were in control of all the recliners, the remote to the tv, and the chairs facing the tv.  It was as if they felt the rest of us were intruding on their space in a public place.  I wanted to watch something on the tv for a few minutes and had to ask for the remote from the lady who had it under her blanket, I am sure hiding it so no one would change the station.  I am sure if one of my family was in a comma I would want to be near by.  I noticed the staff were finding relatives of sick people all the time to report on conditions.  Their living in the hospital waiting room was certainly unnecessary.  One of my family noticed one morning that the cleaning staff had to sweep and clean around those sleeping people in order to make the room half way decent.  I blame the hospital for not providing written rules prohibiting such things and I blame people for not thinking of others in a time of stress for everyone.  I do hope their relative gets well and they can go home, after all there are a lot of others who would like to sit and watch tv awhile to get their mind off their problems.

P.S. my daughter is fine and we came home after 3 days.

I just sat there….

Oh Praise the Lord, it finally rained. We had so many days of triple digits, it was making me sick. I sat on my screened porch most of the day. It was such a nice cloudy day after a pretty good rain.
I am glad Fall is finally here for tv’s sake. I love “Flipping Out” on Bravo and I like the “Real Housewives of___” This season it is DC and the RH of New Jersey is finishing. I really like the RH of New York. You know when you have reality shows so much more is funny when people are not acting from a script. Bravo has the best reality shows and I thoroughly enjoy watching them. HGTV also has some very enjoyable shows. I like seeing what I could do with my house if I could walk, lift or stand up for awhile. Bad back, ugh! Design Star will finish Sunday evening.
Another exciting event is that my son and his family are moving into a fantastic house. It was built probably in the 50s, is Polynesian design and is wonderful. Take a peek at several pictures.

Enclosed back yard

Front of house

Front entrance court yard

The great room or den

They call it the Brick house estate because of all the different rooms that have actual real red brick floors.

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